Monday, July 25, 2011

count your many blessings, name them one by one

Five random things that I am grateful for today:

The pioneers. Due to the fact that today is Pioneer Day, this "random thing" is not that random. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful for them. This day makes me think about when I went on the Pioneer Trek with my ward, paying respect and homage to our ancestors. We walked about an average of 15 miles a day, sometimes more sometimes less, and I can honestly tell you that there were times where I was pushed to my physical limits. Only doing it for a few days killed me...I cannot begin to fathom the strength that the people who trekked across the plains had. Because of them, I have a home here in the beautiful Salt Lake valley, a home that I can practice what I so strongly believe in. My pioneer ancestors were courageous and strong, standing up for not only their own lives, but the lives of their posterity.

My family. I'm sure that I will do another blog post regarding them pretty soon, but all of my cousins are in town these next two weeks, and I am so excited to continue spending time with them.

My bedroom. I just re-did my room, and I'm going to be real with you here...I'm pretty proud of it. I painted it, bought new bedding and wall decorations, and finally cleaned it. That must sound worldly and vain, but I firmly believe that when you live in a tranquil place, your life is peaceful.

My health. Though having Celiac Disease is sometimes really difficult, things could be much worse. I am so grateful that living a gluten free life is the only health concern that I have at the moment.

The fan in my room. This one speaks for itself. Salt Lake has become pretty warm the past few weeks.

"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you Utahns had an exciting holiday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

the great outdoors

I went to our cabin for the first time this summer and it was a perfect weekend. Candace and I both brought up some friends and we had a lot of fun. We played board games all night -- if any of you have not played the game Curses, I would advise you to quickly change that. Between Curses and a few other games, we literally laughed for about three hours straight. Then my dad was nice enough to take us on two horse back rides. A few years ago when I took my friends up to my cabin, I got bucked off my horse and consequently broke my arm. Ever since then, my dad had been extremely cautious when it comes to other people riding horses, and hesitant to do anything other than a walk. Luckily though, there were no accidents this year.

I consider myself so blessed to be able to go up to that cabin. It is the most beautiful place that I have ever been to; with it being located right next to the river, and in the middle of a gorgeous green valley, I can't imagine anything prettier. Not only am I grateful to my dad for taking us on a couple rides, but I am also grateful to my grandparents and my extended family for allowing the cabin to be shared with those that I love.

I hope all of your summers are going wonderfully.
Leaving happy and exhausted,

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Last week the family was able to take a much needed vacation to Newport Beach, California. We stayed in a cute beach house, right on the beach was perfect. We rented bikes for the week, went to fun restaurants, played cards, got Balboa bars, went shopping, and played in the ocean. We even saw dolphins a couple times throughout the week.

wakey wakey candace, time to get in the ocean!!!! poor candy...

The week was wonderful and I am so grateful to my parents for taking us there. I have an incredible family and I could not be more grateful for them.

XO Sam